Ten Reasons to Visit Cahors
Have you got your sights set on villas to let in the Cahors region? Renting a villa or farmhouse near this beautiful medieval town will give you the best this idyllic region has to offer: fine wine, excellent food, stunning scenery, and fascinating attractions, all within a short drive from your holiday rental.
Kingfisher has a range of family-friendly villas, cottages, farmhouses and gites that are less than a 45 minute drive from Cahors, right in the heart of this major wine growing region. For wine lovers, popular holiday lets include Mason du Parc, a charming former chapel in the grounds of an ancient château near Tournon d’Agenais. You can reap the rewards of having a vineyard on your doorstep and buy bottles direct from the chateau to enjoy during your stay! Les Logis, near Montcuq, is also set amidst several acres of attractive vineyards, and like all our South West France holiday rentals, it has an off the beaten track location with access to a pool and gardens.
Cahors is a busy, picturesque little town, which is surrounded by water on three sides, and attracts thousands of tourists a year, which swell its population of 23,000. A visit to Cahors isn’t complete without viewing its most famous structure, Valentré Bridge. There are also some surprises too, such as a roman amphitheatre and the nearby Grottes de Cougnac with its Palaeolithic cave paintings that were unearthed in the 50s.
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Meanwhile, here are ten reasons to visit Cahors:
Fascinating Town – There’s a certain magic about this old town which has a distinctly continental feel. Head to the medieval quarter and you will find glorious ancient buildings and a network of winding streets and alleyways. The 11th century Roman Catholic, Cathédrale Saint-Étienne, is also a monument of France, and a big tourist draw. The old town around the Cathedral has a large attractive market, shops and typical French pavement cafés and restaurants many of which are canopied by established Plane trees.
Superb Wine – The region is famous for its dark, full bodied red wine, the black wine of Cahors, which is actually a lovely deep dark red colour. Some local wines to look out for on your travels are Domaine des Amandiers, Clos Bican-Ségur, Domaine des Gravettes, Les Hauts de Saint-Georges and Point de vente Côtes d’Olt. Full bodied, they are the perfect complement to red meats and fish. The Cahors wine growing region produces 30,000 million bottles a year, and its fine wines have been enjoyed by famous figures worldwide for centuries, including Russia’s Peter the Great.
Fine Dining – You will find some excellent restaurants including Le Marche at Place Jean Jacques, which has been praised for its quality and price, and Le Dousil on Rue Nationale which has a great atmosphere. Foie gras and truffles are among the ingredients you could expect to find on the menu.
Fantastic Shopping – If you are renting a villa nearby, it is well worth heading into Cahors for a shopping trip, even if you are only planning on browsing. The main shopping street is Boulevard Gambetta where can find a variety of stores, including boutiques and there’s plenty of cafes where you can watch the world go by. To pick up a bargain or a bite to eat, there are lively markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays (mornings only).
Beautiful Countryside – Pretty villages, rolling countryside and vineyards with spectacular views provide excellent walks around Cahors. For little known destinations, drive out to the picturesque villages of Aujols and Laburgade, which are less than 12 km from Cahors. The town itself has several gardens that have won awards over the years and are ideal places to go for some relaxation time.
Historic Buildings – The old town of Cahors is full of medieval buildings which add to the charm of the town, including St John’s Barbican and Tower (otherwise known as the ‘Hanging Tower’), a guard house built overlooking the river. Other architectural gems include the 15th century hexagonal College Pelegry Tower, the 34m Jean XXII Tower (the last remains of the palace), La Daurade (with its ancient houses), not forgetting the medieval alleyway of Rue St Priest.
Interesting Museums – Just as you would expect, Cahors has a museum for wine lovers, where you can find out all about the ancient techniques of winemaking. Art lovers can enjoy the Henri Martin art museum while fans of horse riding can take a 20 km trip out of Cahors to visit the Saddlery at Saint-Vincent-Rive-d’Olt.
Ancient Sites –The amphitheatre in the town is well worth a visit, but one of the biggest attractions is the Grottes de Cougnac, which has wall paintings that date back to 25,000 BC, including the oldest figurative drawing open to the public.
Sporting Activities – From country walks, horse riding, to cycling or rollerblading beside the river in Cahors, there are plenty of activities to do in and around Cahors. To see the town from a different angle, you can also hire boats for river cruises.
Music Festivals – If you are visiting Cahors in mid-July, there is an annual 6 day blues festival which has run since the early 80s. It is full of atmosphere and will be another big highlight of your stay.
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